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Chicago Symphony Center
220 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60604
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3.8 / 5 Rated by 5 members
Review from Tommy King
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A wonderful line-up of passionate and innovative speakers sharing their ideas on how to take the industry to new heights. David Zoltan did a fantastic job curating the talks and linking them together. The Symphony Center was a very comfortable...continued

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Review from Goldstar Member
1 event 1 review

My first time going to TED, and quality of the speakers varies, overall disappointing. Some were extremely boring (reading from the notes the entire time). There were a couple of insightful ideas, but among which few provide any solution to the...continued

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Review from shewdoc
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I really enjoyed this TEDx arts day / conference / whatever you want to call it. A bunch of arts go-getters in one room! I came away with a lot of good ideas for my own projects. At first I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy watching the videos...continued

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8:00am – Registration and Welcome  

9:00am-10:30am – First Group  

David Zoltan, Organizer – Welcome

Seth Boustead – Executive Director, Access Contemporary Music

Gwydion Suilebhan – Playwright

Drew McManus – Orchestra consultant  

10:30am-11:00am – 30 minute break  

11:00am-12:30pm – Second Group  

David Dombrosky – Executive Director, Center for Arts Management and Technology

Scott Walters – Director, Center for Rural Arts Development and Leadership Education

Lisa Canning – Founder, The Institute for Arts Entrepreneurship

12:30pm-1:30pm – 60 minute lunch break  

1:30pm-3:00pm – Third Group  

Ian David Moss – Arts Policy Wonk at

Crystal Hall, Adam Marks, Melissa Snoza – Fifth House Ensemble

Adam Thurman – Director of Marketing, Court Theatre  

3:00pm-3:30pm – 30 minute break  

3:30pm-5:00pm – Fourth Group  

David J. Loehr – Playwright and co-founder of

Julie Ritchey – Artistic Director, Filament Theatre Ensemble

Eric Ziegenhagen – Artist and funding consultant


About the Host:*

David Zoltan has lived a dozen lives between his departure from and return to the nonprofit arts world. Whether working as a secretary or running a business, selling cars or owning a game store, the arts have always been his passion, especially theatre, and he’s excited to be back with his first love. Yet David still thinks of himself as an entrepreneur at heart, and has the scars from innumerable battles over strategy and policy to prove it.

While David specializes in individual giving, events and social media, he tends to take a holistic approach to all of his endeavors. His most prominent work has been as a fundraiser for the Steppenwolf Theatre and BackStage Theatre companies. He is currently a thought leader in arts management for his new social media venture,, has a seat on the Governors Circle of the Steppenwolf Auxiliary Council and was instrumental in developing the Victory Gardens Theatre’s young professionals group, Pulp.

A native of Detroit, David received his B.A. at Michigan State in East Lansing and his Masters of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, but calls Chicago the best home he’s ever known.

Cavalia: <em>Odysseo</em> KIDZ BOP St. Patrick's Day Party at Clark Street Ale House Bernadette Peters & the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra Historic Theatre Tour <em>Love's Labor's Lost</em>